Daily Revolt

March 10, 2007

U.S. Military Defends Erasing Journalists' Footage of Afghanistan Attack

What do you do when you are losing a war? You start censoring news that shows that you are losing the war:
The U.S. military asserted that an American soldier was justified in erasing journalists' footage of the aftermath of a homicide bombing and shooting in Afghanistan last week, saying publication could have compromised a military investigation and led to false public conclusions.

The comments came Friday in response to an Associated Press protest that a U.S. soldier had forced two freelance journalists working for the U.S.-based news agency to delete photos and video at the scene of violence March 4 in Barikaw, eastern Afghanistan. At least eight Afghans were killed and 34 wounded.

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